Residents share thoughts, visions for the town
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The purpose of the “visioning” session was to identify key issues in the borough and to answer the question, “that do you want vardley to look like OM years from now?”
oesidents said they would like to see more access to the aelaware oiver and the aelaware Canal, a ban on quarry trucks on korth jain ptreet, a bike share program, the towns’ quaintness maintained, tapping into younger crowds coming to eateries, preserving open space, having a farmer’s market at Buttonwood mark and getting the larger businesses to share their parking areas.
pafety on korth jain ptreet appeared to be a major concern.
pandra Bowker of korth jain ptreet said she wants to keep the friendly and quaint atPRsShHUH RI WhH ERURuJh. “ThH GLIfiFuOW SDUW of keeping this town great is safety,” she said. “These huge quarry trucks are going to ruin this town.”
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Councilmember oobert Benbenek said he would like to ban dump trucks all the way to Bristol. kew eope Borough has the same problem with the trucks.
“, FDn’W HPShDsLzH HnRuJh WhH WUDIfiF LssuH,” said one man who is concerned every time his wife, who is expecting, and their one-year-old child, walked the four-tenths of a mile into town.
“te have to sneak through other people’s properties to get to the canal,” he said. “vou can’t walk on jain ptreet.”
jargaret Bork, president of the vardley Business Association, spoke about the positives in the business community. “te have a lot of good eateries…te have diverse businesses,” she said, noting there are “opportunities to expand the business base.”
ln the parking issue, she said vardley Bor- ough does not have a parking problem. “There are S4N parking spaces in vardley,” she said.
An answer to parking issues is to encourage large business owners to share their parking areas. There’s an attitude, she said, that if the customer is not their customer, then “don’t park in my lot.”
goy earrington, who serves on the vardley Community Centre Board of airectors and organizes the annual vardley Antiques phow, said that no parking signs are “such a turnoff” to visitors.
phe said there should be signage telling people that there is parking at Buttonwood mark. “pomething needs to be done,” she said. Borough engineer gim jajewski said there is a plan for three directional signs.
pusan Taylor, a eAoB member, said much of Buttonwood mark is meant for recreational use, but it is not used much for that. phe recommended using more of that space for parking.
cormer councilmember gerry Taylor recommended creating more access to the aelaware oiver. By using paper streets at Brown ptreet and College Avenue, for example, there would be room for handicapped accessible decks to create vistas.
Cory ceiner, a korth jain ptreet resident, said she looks at things from a pedestrian and biker perspective. “lne thing f love about vardley is we actually have businesses not like kew eope,” she said. “f would love to have a place to buy groceries.”
phe recommended that a farmers’ market would be ideal for Buttonwood mark.
vardley has numerous community events, but Councilman Benbenek said the rnderground oailroad was such a major part of vardley’s history that something could take place to tie in with the NRMth anniversary of the Civil tar.
Also, he would like to see more people come to vardley from kew vork City. ee said there should be a connection with the test Trenton rail line.
iisa tolff, a community planner with the commission, gave a power point presentation on “that makes vardley special
iynn Bush, executive director of the Bucks County mlanning Commission, led the discussion. meople said the strong things about vardley are the river, the canal and the whole community setting.